The Biggest tournament of the year, the Memorial Day Tournament, is finally here. Every year the NYESL hosts the Memorial Day Tournament on Memorial Day weekend. The NYESL is dedicating the tournament to Daddy “little prickya” Pena and Philip Chino Santana! Unfortunately, Daddy Pena is no longer with us but his close friend and teammate Philip Chino Santana is still here to honor his brother. If you see Chino this weekend, make sure to thank him and congratulate him on his years dedicated to the game of Stickball.
This year the tournament will feature 14 teams. There are 9 teams from the NYESL, as well as 4 teams from Florida and 1 team from Manhattan. This year can possibly be the biggest year for Stickball. I am proud to announce that our fellow friends from France have brought a team to the Bronx to witness the beauty of Stickball. One thing that is for sure is that our home is their home. The Stickball community is one family no matter where you come from.
There are several events will be taking place throughout the weekend. There will be an exhibition game against France, an Old-timers game, an NYESL Youth Stickball League game, a revealing of 2017 Stickball Hall of Fame, a tribute to Daddy Pena and Chino Santana, and the first Monday Memorial Day Tournament Bracketology.
There will be a captain`s meeting tomorrow to discuss the Memorial Day Tournament. There will also be a preview post for each team participating in the tournament this weekend. Stay tuned for that. Let’s prepare for some amazing games, experiences and competition. This is for all the Bragging Rights!